Pre Draft Submissions
Notice of Intention to Review the Existing Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 and to Prepare a new Monaghan County Development Plan for 2025-2031
In accordance with Section 11(1) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), Monaghan County Council intends to review the existing Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025, and to prepare a new Monaghan County Development Plan for the period 2025-2031 for the functional area of Monaghan County Council.
The review of the existing Development Plan and preparation of the new Development Plan will be strategic in nature for the purposes of developing objectives and policies to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the Development Plan and the Core Strategy. In doing so, Monaghan County Council will take account of the statutory obligations of the Council and any relevant policies or objectives for the time being of the Government or of any Minister of the Government.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is the process by which environmental considerations are required to be fully integrated into the preparation of development plans prior to their final adoption. The objectives of SEA are to provide for a high level of protection of the environment and to promote sustainable development. The Planning Authority is required under this legislation to prepare an environmental report on the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the new development plan. The Planning Authority will carry out a SEA pursuant to Article 13B of the Planning and Development (Strategic Environmental Assessment) Regulations (S.I 436 of 2004) (as amended) as part of the review of the existing Development Plan and the preparation of the new Development Plan. The provisions of Articles 13C to 13J of these regulations shall also apply.
Appropriate Assessment (AA)
An Appropriate Assessment (AA) is an assessment of the potential effects that the objectives or policies of the new County Development Plan would have on the conservation objectives of the network of designated important ecological sites that are of European importance. These sites are known as Natura 2000 sites and comprise of Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas. In accordance with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and Section 177U of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) a Stage One screening exercise shall be carried out as part of the process of preparing the new development plan. Following the Stage One screening exercise, a Stage Two Appropriate Assessment (AA) shall be subsequently carried out, if required.
In order to stimulate debate and encourage participation in the process, a consultation paper outlining some of the strategic issues for the County has been prepared and is available to view and download by clicking on the link below.
Paper copies are also available to view during normal opening hours at the following locations:
- Planning Offices, 1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982
- Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District Offices, Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, A81 RY22
- Ballybay – Clones Municipal District Offices, Market House, The Diamond, Clones, H23 FK29
- All Monaghan County Council branch libraries
A number of infographic sheets which provide additional information under topics relevant to the Development Plan are available to download below:
Public Meetings Presentations
The presentation given at the pre draft public consultation meetings can be downloaded below. PreDraft Public Meetings Presentation
How to Get Involved
Interested parties are now invited to make submissions or observations in writing regarding objectives and policies to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the new Development Plan. Children, or groups or associations representing the interests of children, are also entitled to make submissions or observations.
Whilst the Planning Authority intends to review the zoning of the area of the Development Plan for the purposes of developing objectives and policies to deliver an overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area of the Development Plan and the Core Strategy, requests/proposals for the zoning of particular land for any purpose shall not be considered at this stage.
Public Engagement/Consultation - Pre-Draft Stage
The Forward Planning Team organised a series of six public information evenings throughout the month of June in venues in Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney,Clones and Ballybay , where members of the public could speak to the Forward Planning Team. There will be further opportunities for public consultation when the Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2025-2031 is published in 2024.
Making a Submission or Observation
The period for making submissions in respect of the Pre-Draft Stage of the Monaghan County Development Plan 2025-2031 is now closed. However if you have any queries in relation to the Development Plan process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 047-30532.
Director of Economic Development, Planning & Capital Projects
11th May 2023